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You Can't Take It with You 1938

A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family...

Release Date:
November 3, 1938
Duration:
126 min
Director:
Frank Capra ...
Cast:
Irving Bacon, Ward Bond, Ralph Brooks, Eddy Chandler, Lester Dorr, Eddie Fetherston, Bess Flowers, Eddie Kane, Walter Walker, Edward Earle, Mischa Auer, Pat Flaherty, James Flavin, John Ince, Edwin Stanley, Wedgwood Nowell, Edward Hearn, Dick Curtis, James Burke, Wallis Clark, Jim Farley, Carlton Griffin, Frank Mills, Bruce Mitchell, Chuck Hamilton, Dub Taylor, Ann Doran, Lionel Barrymore, Edwin Maxwell, Lee Phelps, Bodil Rosing, Dick Rush, Johnny Arthur, Mary Forbes, Charles Lane, Oliver Eckhardt, Kit Guard, Ky Robinson, Harry Semels, S.S. Simon, Bert Starkey, Jane Talent, Sam Harris, John Hamilton, Anne Cornwall, Russell Hicks, Samuel S. Hinds, Edgar Dearing, Byron Foulger, Boyd Irwin, Edward Keane, Harry Davenport, Donald Meek, Chester Clute, Pierre Watkin, Betty Farrington, Clive Morgan, Hilda Plowright, Almeda Fowler, Frank McClure, John Tyrrell, Stanley Andrews, Bob Kortman, Bert Stevens, Pat West, Halliwell Hobbes, Harry A. Bailey, Jesse Graves, Bruce Sidney, Larry Wheat, Edward Arnold, Spring Byington, Frank Austin, Lew Davis, Vernon Dent, Jack Gardner, Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian, James Millican, Gene Morgan, Bess Wade, William Arnold, Joe Bordeaux, Robert Greig, Nell Craig, Frances Raymond, Dorothy Vernon, Clarence Wilson, Stanley Brown, Edward Peil Sr., Cy Schindell, H.B. Warner, James Stewart, Ian Wolfe, Ernest Shields, Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson, Pearl Varvalle, Jean Arthur, Nick Copeland, Beatrice Curtis, Margaret Mann, Ralph McCullough, Blanche Payson, Ed Randolph, Harry Stafford, Victor Travers, Laura Treadwell, Frank Shannon, Kay Deslys, Sidney D'Albrook, Ann Miller, Gladys Blake, Josef Swickard, Paul Irving, Howard Davies, Jimmy the Crow, Joseph E. Bernard, Charles McMurphy, C. Hamilton, William Lally, Dick French, Rosemary Theby, Christian Rub, Jack Grant, Pert Kelton, Bud Wiser, Stella LeSaint, Beatrice Blinn, Lillian Yarbo, Alex Woloshin, Harry Hollingsworth, Fred Parker, George C. Pearce, Doris Rankin, Florence Dudley, Eva McKenzie, Tina Marshall, Gale Ronn, Charles Brinley, Jimmy Anderson, Eugene Anderson Jr., Dorothy Babb, Gloria Browne, Homer Dickenson, Bill Dill, Roland Dupree, Kitty Flanagan, Sterrett Ford, Joe Geil, Alice Keating, Louis King, Arthur Murray, Georgia O'Dell, Dagmar Oakland, Hilda Rhodes, Marion C. Rotolo, Nell Roy, C.L. Sherwood, Belle Stoddard, Carlie Taylor, Patty Thomas, Gertrude Weber, Billy Wolfstone, James Stewart, Jack Grant, Jimmy Anderson, Jimmy the Raven ...
Genres:
Comedy, Romance ...
Country:
USA

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(VHS) (First Viewing, 4th Capra film)

Dreadful, just dreadful. A great demonstration on how painful comedies can be when they go horribly wrong, and how annoying Capra's films are when they get sentimental. It deals with the same themes as Holiday (the pressure on the invidual to conform), but doesn't come anywhere near that masterpiece in grace, style or wit. I wouldn't have finished it if I hadn't spent money to rent it.

Well the movie had a promising story but, it did really remind me of It's A Wonderful Life. Which I thought IAWL was a better film. They both kind of have the same care free attitude that Capra likes to incorporate into his movie's. It's just I don't really know how believeable the story really is. It's also suppose to be a comedy but like most old movie's in's just not funny! The reason I did say it was ripe was because of the performances. I thought Lionel Barrymoore was very good in it. Also some of the minor chararacters were very quirky and fun and really helped keep the story going.
Great slapstick comedy with a great moral, wonderful acting. A Classic. :p :fresh:
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An energetic and funny film, and the first of the films with the great connection of Capra and Stewart. I didn't enjoy it nearly as much as the stage version, but it still captured a lot of the liveliness and joy that this story has.

B+:fresh:
I can't believe Capra directed this one. Great cast is wasted. The story is pretty lame - not very believable. The racism is uncalled for. The dialogue and acting is very bad. There are a one or two memorable scenes but otherwise nearly a waste of time.
***.5/****

Pro: Barrymore and Arnold!!! Stewart. The writing. The direction. The first meeting. The jail. The courtroom. The crazy family.

Con: The tight wrap-up ending is classic Capra, and it makes you feel great, but boy does it go against reality.


Director: Frank Capra
Principal Cast: Lionel Barrymore, Jean Arthur, and James Stewart
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You Can't Take It with You is a wonderful film by Frank Capra. Like most Capra films, it focuses on humble, good natured people. And it has the usual Capra themes of being honest to your self and friendship over wealth. What really makes this movie good is the zany, charming cast of characters-whose personalities, when combined, explode into a kaleidoscope of delight. This is a movie with lots of laughs and good-natured fun.

While the plot may seem somewhat clich
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I refer to Beth's review as it says everything I want to. Do NOT watch this film as a date movie. Everone will find something to relate to in this film, and for some it will really resonate.

The boys are good. The girls are average. A shame really since I think Natalie Portman has some of the best lines. And she is obviously really uncomfortable in her role as a stripper; sexy and slutty she just can't do. I really want her to be able to act well; she is beautiful, very smart and not a slapper and yet...average. *cries*
You Can't Take it With You is an entire movie of Clifford Wooley's character from "Red, White and Blaine" in Waiting for Guffman, except it takes itself seriously. What an ignorant, sanctimonious assclown. Considering Martin Vanderhof's opinion on letting people do who they want to do, the racism in this film is particularly disgusting. His attempts (and the film's support) at sticking it to The Man with truth become laughably hypocritical, considering the delusional charades he allows his family to live in. This film's attempts at playing one-note eccentrities for humor become insufferable. The throughline between the miserly hippie assholes and big business assholes is telegraphed from the beginning, and the idea that the characters' differences can be simply resolved by some harmonica playing is - holy hell, that's Ann Miller!